Sara Amundson is the President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the 501(c)4 legislative and political organization affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.
Prior to joining HSLF as executive director in in 2006, Amundson was the deputy director and legislative director of the Doris Day Animal League. As one of HSLF’s first employees, she worked to build the legislative and regulatory work of the organization, political activity to support humane candidates for office at the state and federal levels and HSLF’s affiliated Political Action Committee.
Over the course of her career, Amundson has been a major presence before Congress and state legislatures, testifying on bills focusing on the “retail pet store” rule to regulate puppy mills, the addition of a bittering agent to antifreeze to render it nontoxic to pets, wildlife and children and a requirement for alternatives to animal testing of chemicals and cosmetics. She has led successful negotiations with the chemical industry to voluntarily adopt bittering agents for household antifreeze and to gain support for the replacement of animals in toxicity testing through federal appropriations, voluntary commitments and the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which secured a $4 million appropriation for the research and development of alternatives to animal tests.
She’s managed election activity for the HSLF, including candidate meetings, endorsements, independent expenditures and voter guides. She also serves as the treasurer of the federal, affiliated HSLF PAC.
She has been a featured speaker at the University of Virginia Law School, Lewis and Clark Law School and Harvard Law School and has appeared on CNN, ABC News, Fox News and in print for major U.S. newspapers.